The village of Avon is located about 30 miles south of Oregon Inlet. Once known as Kinnakeet, its name was changed in 1883 when the post office was established and the town adopted the name Avon. The early village was a pre-colonial boat building and repair village. It was once the most prosperous village until an 1846 hurricane created Hatteras Inlet.
Today, Avon is a popular vacation spot on the Outer Banks. This secluded vacation spot with only 2 traffic lights and just over 700 residents often surprises vacationers with its small town feel. Although the village is built up on each side, the flat landscape allows for Ocean to Sound views. It is also easy to walk from the soundside to the Oceanside since it is a narrow part of the island. Watch the sunrise in the morning over the ocean and then watch it set over the sound in the evening.
Recently, Avon has become a popular destination place for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Many vacation homes in Avon are located on the soundfront or canalfront and offer rigging and launching access for watersports. Avon is famous for Canadian Hole and Kite Point which are the first launching points in NC for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Visitors gather to ride the winds along a narrow stretch of beach that has free parking and washroom facilities. It is also great for beginners as the waters are shallow enough that when you fall, you can stand in the water to get back on and try again. These sites attract thousands of visitors every year from all over. It is particularly a hot spot for Canadian visitors. If you’re not the adventurous type, no worries. It is a great place to just go and watch them fly along the waters.
Although watersports are a huge attraction, fishing is still the main attraction. Anglers from all over come to Hatteras each year to surf or pier fish for red drum, rockfish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, mullet, croaker and many more. The more adventurous can go offshore fishing on a charter boat for wahoo, tuna, dolphin (mahi) or marlin.